In the Nov. 16 letter to the editor, John Rodgers wrote about the Democratic Party’s "racial identity politics and quotas." He asks, "Whatever happened to the 'color blind society' that was the basis of the civil rights movement?" The answer is that a color blind society was never the basis of the civil rights movement. The goal of the civil rights movement was, and still is, equity in power, wealth and social status between white and non-white human beings in the United States. In order to attain that equity, it was and is vital to clearly see the effects of entrenched racism on people of color.

Terms like "racial identity politics" are specifically designed to impede the struggle of non-white people for equity. And that equity does not mean being submerged into the dominant white culture. It means the ability to be physically and culturally black, brown or indigenous and simultaneously to be able to exercise all the rights and receive all the benefits of U.S. citizenship.

John Heilman

Bozeman